'50 Shades of Grey' Casts Oscar-Winning Actress as Christian Grey's Mom

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marcia gay harden newsroomFifty Shades of Grey may now be in production in Vancouver, but we're still hearing new casting announcements every day! Yesterday, the big news was that Rita Ora would be playing Mia, Christian Grey's sister. Now comes news from The Hollywood Reporter that Marcia Gay Harden will play Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, the adoptive mother of Christian, Mia, and Elliot Grey (played by Luke Grimes). What a perfect pick!

Although it's a supporting role in every way, and I can't imagine her having all that much screen time, I'd think bringing Marcia on board was a wise move for the studio. Mostly because she has more recognizability and credibility than anyone else in the cast so far, save maybe Jamie Dornan, who's definitely more famous across the pond ... 

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Consider Marcia's recent credentials: She recently finished shooting Woody Allen’s latest film, Magic in the Moonlight, and appears on HBO’s The Newsroom and ABC’s comedy Trophy Wife. Not to mention that she's an Academy Award winner, for crying out loud! (She nabbed the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Lee Krasner in 2000's Pollock. And was nominated for Mystic River in 2003.)

In other words, the steamy flick is super-lucky to have someone with her acting chops and experience. Not that Marcia playing Dr. Grey could possibly make or break the movie, but her involvement definitely adds more integrity to the project. Cheers to that!

What do you think about Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grey? Do you think her involvement adds more credibility to the film?


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peach... peachpies

Finally somebody decent that actually looks like the character!I bet they became desperate for a well-known actress given how they royally f*cked up the rest of the cast, except for Jennifer Ehle as Ana's mom. Probably thought having a bigger named actress would bring some credibility to the film. Marcia has a heavy load to carry, that’s for sure. Her role isn’t big enough to make me want to still see this film with the rest of this cast though. Sticking to the books!

Ella Ouellet

They need to recast Christian Grey.  Jamie is a big loss!

Liane Darby

wooohooo....i agree...someone who IS the character finally cast. I am sooo confused about Jamie playing Christian...in some photos i think yep..then others i think no way. I still dont think Dakota is right for Anna and i am totally shocked that Rita Ora is Mia!!!!! Didnt see that one coming at all!!!!. Lets hope they get the rest of the cast right


Railr... RailroadGirl

Rita Ora as Mia? Seriously that is that worst

Karen King Phillips

no I think Sela Ward should play her and Billy Campbell the dad.  Pick someone who is pretty with class for Christ Sakes!!!

Sheyla Rabelo

Marcia is a great pic!

nonmember avatar Judie

She is definitely Grace!! Finally they match the character from the book!! Gahhh!!

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